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April 14, 2021

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NHL Power Rankings: Hinge players for all 31 teams down the stretch

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With the 2021 NHL trade deadline in the rearview mirror, we now have a much clearer picture of what the final month of the season will look like. For this week’s power rankings, we identified the “hinge” player for every team down the stretch — as in, who could have......

NHL Playoff Watch Daily: Who has best chances after the trade deadline?

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7:43 AM ET Tim KavanaghESPN.com Close Tim Kavanagh is a senior NHL editor for ESPN. He’s a native of upstate New York. The 2021 NHL trade deadline did not have the high volume of trades that characterized the past few seasons. But some significant players did change teams, including Taylor......

Caps acquire Red Wings’ Mantha in blockbuster

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The Washington Capitals acquired Red Wings winger Anthony Mantha in a blockbuster deal ahead of Monday’s NHL trade deadline, the team announced. In exchange, the Capitals sent the Red Wings forwards Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik, as well as a 2021 first-round pick and a 2022 second-round pick. 1 Related......

Kings, Iafallo agree to 4-year, $16M extension

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The Los Angeles Kings signed forward Alex Iafallo to a four-year, $16 million contract extension on Monday — just hours before the league’s trade deadline. The 27-year-old Iafallo was getting interest from other teams, but the Kings and Iafallo’s agent, Lewis Gross, were able to hammer out a deal to......

Sources: Knights get Janmark from Blackhawks

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The Vegas Golden Knights have acquired forward Mattias Janmark from the Chicago Blackhawks for a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL draft, sources told ESPN’s Emily Kaplan. Chicago also sends a fifth-round pick next year for Vegas’ third-rounder. Chicago had scratched the 28-year-old from Sunday’s game with an eye toward......

Hall seeking extension with Bruins, not spotlight

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Taylor Hall would like a contract extension with the Boston Bruins, even though the star winger doesn’t want to be the “focal point” of his new team. The Bruins traded for the 29-year-old left wing on Sunday, sending a 2021 second-round pick and forward Anders Bjork to the Buffalo Sabres......

Bruins land Hall in trade with Sabres, source says

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The Sabres have agreed to trade Taylor Hall to the Bruins in a deal that also will see Curtis Lazar go to Boston, with Buffalo receiving Anders Bjork and a 2021 second-round pick, a source confirmed to ESPN. Hall waived his no-movement clause to facilitate the deal, which is pending......

Red-hot Predators edge Stars in shootout round

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Ryan Johansen scored the lone goal of the shootout, and the Nashville Predators outlasted the visiting Dallas Stars for a 3-2 victory on Sunday night. Opening the shootout, Johansen took his time getting to the net, then drilled the puck past Dallas netminder Anton Khudobin. Teammate Juuse Saros (24 saves)......

Maple Leafs acquire Blue Jackets captain Foligno

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The Columbus Blue Jackets traded captain Nick Foligno to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday. The Blue Jackets received a 2021 first-round pick, as well as a fourth-round choice in the same draft, and will also retain 25% of Foligno’s contract, which expires this summer. Foligno is in the final......

Canucks stay shut down; new player in protocols

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The Vancouver Canucks will not reopen their practice facilities Sunday as originally planned after another player was placed in the NHL’s COVID protocols, the league said in a statement. The NHL said the Canucks’ facilities will remain closed until at least Monday, though plans for the team to resume playing......

Kings edge Sharks in season series finale, 4-2

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The Los Angeles Kings exploded for a three-goal second period to overwhelm the host San Jose Sharks on Saturday night, 4-2. With a 1-1 tie going into the second period, Los Angeles forward Andreas Athanasiou redirected a pass from Jeff Carter that bounced over San Jose netminder Martin Jones’ shoulder......

Andrei Vasilevskiy leads Lightning to 3-0 win over Predators

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Without injured captain Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay got 36 saves from Andrei Vasilevskiy in the Lightning’s 3-0 win over the host Nashville Predators on Saturday night. In posting his fourth shutout this year and 25th of his career, Vasilevskiy lifted his record to 25-6-1 — breaking a tie with Colorado’s......

UMass wins first NCAA men’s hockey title

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PITTSBURGH — Filip Lindberg had 25 saves, Aaron Bohlinger scored his first career goal and Massachusetts beat St. Cloud State 5-0 on Saturday night to win the program’s first NCAA title. After St. Cloud State turnover, Bohlinger led a breakaway and dropped the puck to Ryan Sullivan whose one-touch pass......

Jonas Johansson earns first shutout as Avalanche blank Ducks

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EditorsNote: adds “Avalanche” in ninth graf Jonas Johansson had 28 saves for his first career shutout, and the visiting Colorado Avalanche beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-0 on Friday night. Valeri Nichushkin and Mikko Rantanen scored goals and Nathan MacKinnon had an assist to extend his points streak to eight games.......

How the Penguins have survived another season of horrible injury luck

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have been on a quest to win at least one more Stanley Cup with Sidney Crosby. It has been a revolving door as they try to figure it out. Since the start of the 2016-17 NHL season, Crosby has played with 83 different teammates. In the past......

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